While you’re here, visit Roanoke’s fine museums, theaters and attractions. See the stunning view from the Roanoke Star and experience Mill Mountain Zoo. Ride along the Blue Ridge Parkway, the opportunities for sightseeing is splendid…but then, so is the food!
Begin your day at the Roanoker Restaurant for a breakfast noted for homemade biscuits, gravy and country ham. Get an early start as your morning continues at Roanoke’s newest addition, Center In the Square. Marvel at the myriad of experiences in the Arts, sciences, history and theatre, all found in one very special place, complete with a butterfly exhibit and exhilarating rooftop cafe.
You’ve worked-up an appetite so enjoy extraordinary chili at the Texas Tavern, a hallmark since l930. They will even provide samples to go! Be sure to ask for a bowl to go with onions. See why Texas Tavern is routinely voted as having the "Best Chili," "Best Hot Dogs," "Best Local Hamburgers," and"Best Late-Night Dinner" by readers of The Roanoker magazine.
After lunch a visit to the O. Winston Link Museum is a must. Through the eye of photographer O. Winston Link the last days of steam-operated locomotives on the Norfolk and Western Railroad are recorded for your enjoyment. Both history and art through photography, the viewer steps back in time to an era when rail was building a nation.
Dinner tonight is at The Regency Room at The Hotel Roanoke. One of the grand dames of valley hotels, its signature dishes includes peanut soup and spoon bread.
Begin today’s adventure with breakfast at Mill Mountain Coffee and Tea. Nestled in the heart of downtown this coffee house has an expanded menu and plenty of coffee and tea varieties!
Next up, visit 50 plus species of mammals, birds and reptiles at the Mill Mountain Zoo. Animals include a Siberian tiger, snow leopards, red pandas, Japanese macaques, bald eagles and much more. While there, be sure to check out the breathtaking overlook view of the Roanoke Valley.
Next, visit the stunning Chateau Morrisette Winery off the Blue Ridge Parkway for a tasting and lunch. This mountaintop site always includes a few lovable Labradors, found on their wine labels and around the property.
Upon returning to Roanoke choose from more than 20 distinct dining delights which include international restaurants.
Start your day at the Historic Roanoke City Market. Visit the Market year-round for produce of every sort and the finest regional crafts. The Historic Market building offers a food court and fantastic shopping opportunities. The entire Market District includes unique shopping, galleries, boutiques, restaurants, antique shops, museum shops, and much more!
Grab lunch at Macado’s. Voted to eight awards - including platinum honors for "Best Sandwiches" and "Best Inexpensive Dates" - in The Roanoker magazine's 2011 Readers' Choice Dining Awards, Macado's is a local favorite that provides a diverse selection of delicious offerings.
No trip to Roanoke is complete without stopping a trek to the Roanoke Star. Built in 1949 and visible from just about every part of the Valley is this splendidly illuminated, the star is a 100-foot tall lighted beacon.